The heart always knows…

“The heart always knows what the mind refuses to see.”

~M

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October 2021 Writing Prompts

Welcome to another month of writing prompts. The following prompts are ones I’ve used in the past for my own writing efforts, but to my knowledge have never been published. After nearly four years of posting writing prompts for all of you, it is getting harder to keep track of what I’ve posted and what I haven’t. So please forgive me if you see a duplicate prompt from time to time. Have a great month everyone! 

 ~M xo

  1. Pasteurized promises.
  2. Guilty pleasures.
  3. She was a damsel in distress.
  4. Stricken with a curse.
  5. Melted butter caused her to shudder.
  6. They marched onward.
  7. The smell of victory.
  8. Created for his pleasure.
  9. Happiness could be seen in her smile.
  10. The king ruled with an iron fist.
  11. Unblemished perfection.
  12. The tea pot snarled at the sugar dish.
  13. He shirked his responsibilities.
  14. Crabapples lined the walkway.
  15. The chocolate wasn’t chocolate.
  16. The silvery web became tangled around his throat.
  17. It appeared that the tree held all the answers.
  18. The book came alive and she was sucked into its pages.
  19. The sky was crimson and sprinkled with golden hues.
  20. She sank into oblivion as she realized his fate.
  21. The essence of her lingered on the cool night air.
  22. I was five and the world still seemed like a fairly pleasant place.
  23. Everlasting peppermint sticks with endless licks.
  24. Her eyes said everything that she couldn’t say.
  25. The elixir bubbled over and burned a hole right through the floor.
  26. It was 1972…
  27. The tides of yesterday were easily forgotten.
  28. The taste of victory was finally his.
  29. They never knew who he really was.
  30. Only a few embers remained.
  31. His reflection was not his own.

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  


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Tales from the waterhole

Hello everyone,

Today I’m pleased to announce the release of a new favorite children’s book of mine, “Tales from the waterhole, by Michael Coates.  I had the privilege of editing this book for Michael, and I’m so excited to see it in print at last!  There’s nothing quite like seeing someone’s words finally come to life, and I can’t wait to get my copy.  Michael has released his book in four different formats.  I have listed the links below if any of you are interested in buying a copy for yourself. 

Have a wonderful week!

~M xo

Here is the link to the specialized hardcover version on Lulu.

Tales from the waterhole

Or, if you’re a fan of Amazon, you can buy the book in three different formats over there, with an audible version coming soon.

Tales from the waterhole

Please leave comments for Michael by clicking here.

May 2021 Writing Prompts

Welcome to another month of writing prompts! I decided to stick to last month’s style because they were so much fun to do. I hope all of you will find some wonderful inspiration this month, either here or someplace else. Happy writing! ~M xo

  1. Moon scraped knuckles and knocking knees
  2. Twisted oak paths and blooming breezes
  3. Twerking teens and baggy jeans
  4. Lobbying Lucys and gentle jokers
  5. Quick casseroles and inky obstacles
  6. Awakened desires and endless pleasures
  7. Twisted tales and surprise endings
  8. Essential essentials and worn out wigs
  9. Listless lions and doomsday dungeons
  10. Particle board planters and subterranean snails
  11. Mystic mall cops and maroon feather dusters
  12. Hopscotching hillbillies and hurtling hitchhikers
  13. Candy coated cavities and jaw breaking blunders
  14. Long awaited journeys and lingering kisses
  15. Soothing sounds of sunshine and long forgotten days
  16. Wizard dueling dilemmas and warty wishes
  17. Wafts of cinnamon and permeating cloves
  18. Splitting wood and honking geese
  19. Strawberry ribbons and summer plums
  20. Knitting neighbors and nagging noises
  21. Terrible traffic and peaceful pathways
  22. Coffee kisses and steamy charades
  23. Turbulent tensions and stinging images
  24. Silvery centerpieces and rosebud rims
  25. Small voices and grownup glimpses
  26. Healing hawthorns and harrowing hesitations
  27. Enchanting embers and soft glowing moonbeams
  28. Bright colored kites and paper airplanes
  29. Naughty adjectives and tawdry tales
  30. Sinking sands and rain soaked reeds
  31. Miniature marionettes and dime store delights

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/blue-floral-tiny-small-tender-5191962/